Our English expression: "The dawning of an age" serves to illustrate this point.
The intended meaning of the word should be determined from the context.
We don't know how long Adam worked the garden before God gave him another assignment.
However, it wouldn't have been much "work" if Adam was there for less than 24 hours.
(Genesis -12) The interesting part of the account is that God did not create the plants in the manner we might assume He did.
Instead of creating a world filled with full-grown plants, God actually created seeds and planted those.
As indicated earlier, the Bible does not fix the age of the earth, contrary to the claims of Answers in Genesis.
This page examines some of the history of the controversy—what the Bible actually says and does not say—and the scientific evidence surrounding the age of the earth.Similarly, the key genealogical terms (such as "son" and "father") have much broader meanings in Hebrew than their corresponding English words.The Hebrew word translated "son" can also have the meaning of "grandson," "great grandson," "descendant," etc.The first, and foremost, assumption is that the genealogies of Genesis are complete, from father to son throughout the entire course of human existence.The second assumption is that the Genesis creation "days" were exactly 24-hours in length. Although Archbishop Ussher assumed the Genesis genealogies were complete, it is clear from the rest of the Bible that those genealogies were telescoped (some names were left out for the sake of brevity), which is common in biblical genealogies but rare in modern genealogies.